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July 2011

Newsmax: GOP, Obama Reach $2 Trillion Debt Deal

Republicans and Democrats in Congress reached agreement with President Barack Obama to raise the limit on U.S. borrowing and forestall an unprecedented American default, marking the start in the final chapter of one of the nastiest and divisive episodes in recent American political history. 

Shortly after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Republican counterpart, minority leader Mitchell McConnell, endorsed the plan on the Senate floor, Obama went to the White House press room to add his support for the deal. It meets one of his key demands, raising borrowing power sufficiently to keep the partisan poison pill from returning to the national agenda until after the 2012 election. It does not include any tax increases that Obama had pressed hard for to include.

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Obama Has Destroyed the Economy in 2-1/2 Years

"If the specifics of Obama's plan are so great -- if he really thinks taking it to the American people wins reelection and takes him back to 60% approval -- he'd be doing it.  But he's not, because he knows what all liberals know: If they're honest about what their intentions are, they lose." ~ Rush Limbaugh


The President’s Latest Scare Tactic Targets Seniors and Veterans

Washington, D.C. – House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s threats as the debt negotiations continue.
 
“President Obama, the last to join the debt discussions in Washington, has now threatened the denial of Social Security checks and payments to veterans should Congress and the White House not reach a deal before August 2.  These scare tactics are reckless and irresponsible,” said Chairman Price.  “This threat comes from the same president who has accused Congress of not taking these negotiations seriously and has explicitly spoken out against using scare tactics.  The fact is that the government has the money to pay the interest on the debt and cover other expenses.  Should President Obama choose not to send these checks to seniors and veterans, that will be his decision and the harm that comes from those actions will be his responsibility.  House Republicans have been more than willing to participate in an honest conversation about our debt.  As the President engages in such reckless scare tactics, it is difficult to reach a positive solution to these very serious and looming issues.  I call on President Obama to drop the empty rhetoric and threats to seniors and veterans and begin a serious conversation with Republicans about how to actually solve our debt crisis – one that does not rely on unrealistic tax increases that would cripple economic recovery and job creation.”

UI Nursing professor uses Harry Potter books to build 'genetic literacy'

Harry_potter As the final installment in J. K. Rowling's infamous Harry Potter series ("The Deathly Hallows – Part 2") hits the big screen this weekend, moviegoers may be unaware that some of the wizardly wonders found in and around Hogwarts have actually produced real-world learning tools for some of today's top medical researchers.

Dr. Martha Driessnack, an assistant professor and clinical genetics researcher at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, has been working with children across many different sub-specialties and health care settings for more than 25 years.

Driessnack said she was instantly drawn to the Harry Potter books and quickly realized the potential to use them as a teaching tool in hopes of building genetic literacy. For instance, the character of Hermione illustrates the idea of recessive genes because both her parents were "muggles" (mortals) who nevertheless produced a child wizard. Meanwhile, caretaker Argus Filch has no magical power despite the fact that both his parents did – possibly a case, Driessnack said, of incomplete penetrance of a gene.

"I learned about the books from children I was working with and then just loved the story," she said. "The genetics connection really began when a mom asked me how to answer her child's question about having the 'trait' for cystic fibrosis." Soon thereafter, Driessnack published a case study, "Growing Up at the Intersection of the Genomic Era and the Information Age," which discusses explaining the inheritance of such a serious medical condition using the Harry Potter series.

Driessnack said that the books introduce children to basic and advanced genetic concepts. For example, in a recent study exploring children's developing ideas about disease causation, risk, and inheritance, all of the children she interviewed were "familiar with Harry Potter; and, using their own words, all could explain autosomal recessive inheritance, incomplete penetrance, and variable expressivity, as well as the genetic discrimination" (something experienced by "half-blood" characters in the series).

Not surprisingly, Driessnack, a 2010-11 Collegiate Teaching Award-winner, focuses a good deal of her current research on what children know about genetics and how they come to know it. When "The Deathly Hallows – Part 2" opens Friday, she recommends looking for the genetic concepts weaved throughout the story.

In addition to genetic undertones, Driessnack highlights the importance of characters like Madam Pomfrey, who provide children with a contemporary nurse role model. "Like most pediatric nurses, she is a child advocate and confidant who approaches her professional calling seriously. While she was able to re-grow Harry's bones, fix his skull fracture, as well as undo curses and spells, she also was front and center when Harry needed emotional care after a classmate's death," she explained.

While you probably will not see Madam Pomfrey in this latest Harry Potter film, Dr. Driessnack predicts her presence will still be felt, "just like most pediatric nurses, who quietly make a difference every day, one child at a time."


Plaxico wants Bears; do Bears want Plaxico?

While free-agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress thinks he would be a great fit in Chicago, multiple sources have told the Sun-Times that the Bears would only be interested in the former New York Giants playmaker at a bargain basement price, if at all.

Burress told WMVP (AM-1000) on Tuesday that the Bears will be one of this top three destinations when the lockout ends. While Burress would seem to fit the Bears need of a bigger, play-making receiver, he was recently freed after serving almost two years for carrying an unlicensed gun after accidentally shooting himself in the leg in a New York night club. As if character concerns, inactivity and his age (he turns 34 next month) weren't enough to worry about, Burress is not known for running the type of precise routes required in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's offense.

Read On.....  http://bleacherreport.com/tb/bab4M

 


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NBC Apologizes to Lawmakers for Omitting 'Under God' in Pledge

NBC has issued a formal apology to members of Congress for opening its broadcast of the U.S. Open championship with a montage that included children reciting the pledge without the words "under God" and "indivisible."

In a letter to 108 U.S. lawmakers, Kyle McSlarrow, president of Comcast and NBC Universal, said that the channel's effort to produce a patriotic piece was undermined by "a serious error in judgment" by a "small group of people" who have been "reprimanded."

"To be absolutely clear, this was not an ideological decision by the company and it was not discussed with or approved by any senior NBCUniversial official," McSlarrow wrote.

"We have made quite clear -- internally and externally -- that the employees who made this decision were wrong," he said. "Not only were countless citizens justifiable upset, but also the actions of this small group cast a negative light on NBC Universal, NBC, and NBC Sports, as well as our partners at the United States Golf Association.

"It was an inexcusable mistake in judgment and it will not be repeated."

The letter sent last week came in response to a missive from Reps. Randy Forbes, R-Va., and Mike McIntyre D-N.C., co-chairmen of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, sent to NBC Chief Executive Officer Stephen Burke last month after NBC issued an on-air apology for the altered pledge.

That note was signed by 108 members of Congress.

"Although we are aware that NBC has apologized for the omissions, we are concerned that the video was allowed to air with the altered Pledge of Allegiance in the first place," they wrote. "We live in a society where there are increasing efforts to remove all mention of religion from public life, and we remain dedicated to defending against such attempts."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/13/nbc-apologizes-to-congress-for-omitting-under-god-in-pledge/#ixzz1S0nLO8Uy


Road Construction - Ronalds Street

IOWA CITY, IA. -- Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, July 18, 2011, Ronalds Street, from Dubuque Street to Linn Street, will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic. This lane reduction is necessary to facilitate the installation of a water service line to a building in the area. It is anticipated normal traffic will resume by the end of the day on Wednesday, July 20th.

Motorists are to take note of this work and to allow extra travel time as delays may be possible. As always, caution should be exercised when traveling in construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, visit the City of Iowa City's website at http://www.iowa-city.org/works/roadconstruction.


National Night Out 2011

IOWA CITY, IA. -- On Tuesday, August 2nd, neighborhoods throughout Iowa City are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the "28th Annual National Night Out" (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Iowa City Police Department, will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states. In all, over 37 million people are expected to participate in 'America's National Night Out Against Crime'. NNO 2010 is being supported in part by Target, a national corporate sponsor, and Iowa City Area Crimestoppers.

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

From 7 to 10 p.m. on August 2nd, residents in neighborhoods throughout Iowa City and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods throughout Iowa City will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, visits from the police, flashlight walks, contests, and youth activities.

Iowa City Police Officers will be attending all registered parties to meet neighbors and handout safety information. Officers will also be handing out special gifts to children, provided by Target and Crimestoppers. Each registered block party will receive a guest appearance from local celebrities, arriving by limousine.

If you would like to register your block party for appearances by officers and special guests, please contact Officer Jorey Bailey at crime-prevention@iowa-city.org, or call the Crime Prevention Office at 319-356-5273.


Obama caught in a massive lie

There's a noticeable trend happening with Barack Obama's stories - whenever someone checks the facts, they're all wrong. The latest example comes from Obama's famous campaign story about how his mom, suffering from cancer, struggled in her last days with insurance companies. The truth is quite shockingly different. Not shockingly, the media is ignoring this massive lie. Glenn Beck has the audio on radio today and Pat goes back to the audio vault and uncovers a whole pack of Obama stories that weren't true. WATCH
 
New leftist idea: give fat kids to government
 
There's a new idea being talked about in medical circles regarding obesity and children. Top experts are now suggesting a new idea to curb childhood obesity - the solution? The government will take obese kids away from their families to 'protect' them. But that's not the only option - if taking the kids away from Mom and Dad doesn't work, what's next? Find out on radio today. WATCH